Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Our First Time in Virginia

This is another blog post from Arlon Boozer, an RV traveler who is currently stationary in Dickinson, Texas taking care of family medical problems. While we are stationary, I have been posting travel adventures from our past. Today I am picking up our story on April 29, 2006. It was a Saturday and our second full day in Salem, VA. The weather was great – cool with sunshine, so Kathi wanted to take a drive, and drive I did.

We drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway and went all the way to Bedford, VA. The scenery was great and there were a lot of turnouts, so we could get out, enjoy the view and take a few pictures. The mid-60s temperature was encouraging us to stay outside, so I just drove. The Shenandoah Valley was a sight to see in the springtime. We were glad we were there during that time of the year. We meandered around the countryside for about 150 miles before we got back home. We returned to our Alfa RV in mid-afternoon and started preparations to travel on Sunday.

Our Destination for Sunday was Front Royal, VA. We took I-81 northeast through Daleville, Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, New Market and Woodstock along the way. We saw very little of the towns driving on the interstate, but the road signs kept us aware of what was nearby. Up and down the hills and around the mountains with greenery everywhere along the route. It was sweater weather in the morning and only slightly warmer in the afternoon. Another fun drive with Kathi and spectacular views along the way.

We moved into the North Fork Resort, which was a Passport America park. Passport America discount rates are normally half the normal daily rate for the first 2 or 3 days you stay in the park. Their half price rate was $20 per day. We were used to spending $10-$12 per day in the southern states, so we knew our time on the east coast would be short. I was sure Kathi would never pay $40 to stay there. The upside was the park was about 70 miles from Washington, D.C. and we planned drive in on Monday to do some sightseeing there.

I was really out of my element. The town itself sounded like royalty and that was a long way from being me. The roads were unfamiliar to us and I got lost every time I got off the interstate. Fortunately, Kathi was used to being lost with me. We have had some of our best adventures when we were lost. We did manage to find a restaurant for dinner and get back home on the same day we started out. It took me a while to find the park again after dark, so we decided to return home earlier in the day, at least until I discovered how to get around town.

We were thrilled to be somewhere we had never ventured before and went to sleep anticipating a fun drive and tour of our nation's capital. I did not think I would ever get used to driving hundreds of miles and finding myself still at home.

Next post: DC

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